Paul Westbrook has been writing music in his head since childhood. Long before learning to play or sing, he showed an early interest in song structure and lyrics. As a teenager, he recalls humming melodies and free-writing lyrics to the drone of a lawnmower or car engine. Over time, his talents for writing words and, eventually music, developed into a deep passion that has become an everyday part of his life.
Paul has written nearly 100 songs and has atleast that many in the works. He has honed his ability to craft complimentary lyrics and melodies simultaneously, and rather effortlessly. Though each song comes about in a unique way, Paul insists that they should happen naturally. "Don't force it. Just wait a while. If it is meant to be, it will reveal itself when the time is right."
Paul writes in a wide range of styles and explores many different vantage points, often choosing the perspective of the down-trodden or the underdog. Whether writing folk, rock, country, comedy, gospel, or children's music, Paul's songs are deep reflections of the way he views the world. Though he is fond of light-hearted, tongue-in-cheek tunes, many of his newer songs take a more serious tone. His experiences as a husband and father have, no doubt, added a layer of depth to his writing in recent years. He has also benefited from years of working closely with major songwriters like John Hiatt, Babyface, and Nils Lofgren.
In addition to his efforts as a songwriter, Paul is also a promising composer of instrumental music. His compositions span a wide range of genres, from guitar-heavy funk-rock tunes to brass-laden marching band-like charts, symphonic opuses and downbeat-driven dancetronica numbers, with an occasional ethereal soundscape slipping by. He contributes his original compositions to the Perpetual Music Group library in Los Angeles for play on network television and in motion pictures. Paul also owns and manages his own publishing company, Mission Midlo Music, LLC. Both Paul and Mission Midlo Music are affiliated with ASCAP.
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